Visteon has developed an industry-first 3D cluster that it will be making its debut in the new Peugeot 208. The cluster has a projection system that will make it possible for styling teams to add depth with rotating menus and shadow effects and will serve to highlight key information for the driver.
Visteon Corporation specializes in the production and supply of automotive digital instrument clusters, and now has become the company to come up with the first fully digital cluster in the industry which has the capability to display holographic objects. The cluster will be a part of the all-new Peugeot 208’s unique 3D i-Cockpit and is positioned as the first real 3D cluster in automotive production.
Visteon teamed up with Groupe PSA to work on a pioneering ‘3D Blade’ concept. The digital cluster displays advanced reflections thus creating the appearance of 3D graphics. The cluster comprises a high-definition 10.25-inch ‘background’ thin-film transistor (TFT) and a 7-inch ‘foreground’ TFT which is projected on a semi-reflective blade. The two TFT’s work in tandem to create a 3D projection of about 15mm between the front and rear images.
Commenting on the technology, Loick Griselain, vice-president, Visteon customer groups said that Visteon’s first-to-market solution will thus bring 3D technology to a vehicle category that has mass market appeal. Distracted driving continues to be a key issue when it comes to causing accidents, and hence it is important to present critical information to the driver in intuitive ways as part of the next stage human-machine interaction (HMI) development. The Peugeot 208 cluster showcases how all-digital clusters make it possible for vehicle manufacturers to give a perception of depth to digital instrument clusters to highlight critical information for the driver.
The priority information that can be highlighted using this cluster include information regarding speed and alerts. The display also makes it possible for animations to pass dynamically from the foreground to the background in ADAS modes or as 3D animations in a number of configurable colors and skins.
The Peugeot 208 3D cluster – with its two TFTs surrounded by tell-tale satellites – also provides high-quality graphical content with animations and 3D content on both screens, in a complex and calibrated mechanical structure. This gives the driver a true sense of depth to the driver, while minimizing distraction.
The 3D technology is available on high-end variants of the new Peugeot 208. The entry level variant will have an analog cluster that will also be supplied by Visteon.
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